Blood donation

Discussion in 'Men's Health Forum' started by Sparkyp, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Sparkyp

    Sparkyp Member

    hey. My hematocrit levels were close to 54. My clinic suggested I donate blood which I did.
    First time ever

    That was Friday afternoon, I’ve been kind of tired since. Pumps suck at the gym. Is this normal?

    My iron was in range but on the low side Red Cross said. Idk. Just curious on if this is expected
  2. Mac11wildcat

    Mac11wildcat Member Supporter

    Pumps going away is normal. Tiredness as well. It affects people differently. I’m good to go right after a donation, some are wiped out.
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  3. Sparkyp

    Sparkyp Member

    Mac, you should be nominated for a Nobel peace prize. Lol

    Appreciate the responses.

    Yeah man, I actually felt great after the donation. Like “fresh” but next few days I’m shot.
  4. Mac11wildcat

    Mac11wildcat Member Supporter

    I mean you gave up 1/9th if your blood volume which also means a significant portion of nutrients and such in that blood. If it gets burdensome I’d ask your doctor, but a day or two hangover from it seems normal in my experience for some people.
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  5. Sven_Northman

    Sven_Northman Member Supporter

    I donated a couple weekends ago. I felt fine right after, but was a bit out of it for the next 4-5 days. A little more tired than usual, slightly dizzy, and kinda lost my appetite. Was still able to train.

    Seems to affect everyone differently. So yes, totally normal.
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  6. Sparkyp

    Sparkyp Member

    Your spot on. Appetite is down, tired, lightheaded. I bought beef liver on Saturday and ate a bunch and it felt like it Rejuvination.

    I haven’t had red meat in 5 years or something. Probably why iron was so low. I’ll.

    It’s comforting to know I’m not losing my shit.

    A couple weeks before donating my hands were tingly and going numb. That seemed to go away. Idk. I hope I’m not in that minority of people that are sensitive to test
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  7. LeoTC

    LeoTC Member

    I mean, did you eat your cookie after? Was it a quality cookie or some dollar store bullshit?

    You're saving lives, giving the gift of vicarious swolverocity to the people enfeebled by disease and trauma.

    They better be dropping that acid free Minute Maid and Snickerdoodles on ya afterward. Your recovery is important too.

    Loss of appetite and lethargy are clearly depression brought on by lack of appreciation. Like a benevolent God that the blissful mortals of this world take for granted, and forget to praise.

    Fuck those guys.

    Smite them them all. '_'
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  8. Sven_Northman

    Sven_Northman Member Supporter

    Test wont make your hands tingly and numb. HGH will, nerve damage or inflammation will. But not test.

    On cycle read meat is king. Stick to low fat cuts. Filet mingon is great if you can swing the cost.
  9. Tiredandhot

    Tiredandhot Member

    Red cross will never stop bugging you. I donated once and they email, call and text constantly as they need blood all the time.
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  10. Artifex

    Artifex Member

    I am tired and feel off after 2 days - usually rest , depends what day is donation. After then I feel good ( especially giving blood help others ) .
  11. Horimono

    Horimono Member

    @Mac11wildcat and @Sven_Northman

    I donated today for the second time in 2 years. On TRT 300mg once weekly. HCT was 55. Dr wrote the order to allow me to donate every 2 weeks if needed. But that’s all he said. I didn’t have a chance to ask him how often I will need to donate to keep my HCT normal. However, he doesn’t know about my supraphysiological test levels too.

    I’m considering a 12 week run on EQ 600mg each week, Test 800 mg each week and NPP 500 or so. I know everyone is different, but when would either of you think I would need to donate again? I guess I could roll up there in 30 days and have them prick my finger to get a quick HCT. And if it’s normal, elect not to donate. But that seems like a pain in the ass and finger. Any recommendations, good brothers?
  12. Mac11wildcat

    Mac11wildcat Member Supporter

    No matter what cycle I’ve run, donating on the Red Cross’ schedule always worked fine. Even 12 weeks apart was fine. But knowing for sure is obviously better.
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  13. Horimono

    Horimono Member

    Thanks a bunch.